Jul 11, 2010 12:37pm
Re: Revivals of the 1980's
This is a revised version of my revivals post. Hope I got it all right this time - and a hearty thanks for all the help. ( ps. does not cover the ‘jams’ )
Perhaps a starting point would be the acoustic shows in the fall of 1980 - at the Warfield, Saenger and Radio City shows, and the subsequent acoustic sets from 12/6/80 Mill Valley, 12/31/80 Oakland, 4/25/81 Berkeley, 5/22/81 Warfield, and the two Amsterdam shows in October 1981. Some of the songs performed were never played again (Dark Hollow, Rosalie McFall, Heaven Help The Fool, Little Sadie, Sage and Spirit) but many of the revivals made it into future (electric) rotation.
Bird Song . . . Last played on 9/15/73 - opens the first acoustic show at the Warfield on 9/25/80 and was played every year thereafter. Here’s a good one from MSG 10/11/83, which also features the first of three Brent era St. Stephens :http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-10-11.sbd.harrell.14525.shnf
China Doll . . . Played post hiatus 3x in 1977, once in 1979 with Brent : (Nice transition back into Playin’) http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-05-08.glassberg.vernon.18876.sbeok.shnf
Returns acoustically on 9/26/80 and is performed until 1994. (see 10/11/83 Bird Song link for another one)
Deep Elem Blues . . . This traditional song was played regularly in 1970, it was then played again once on 11/17/78. Returns next in the acoustic sets on 10/4/80, and is performed through 1983.
Monkey and the Engineer . . . This Jesse Fuller song was played in 1969 and 1970, and returns for the acoustic sets. Next played on the David Letterman show 4/13/82, and only once more (in the second set) on 2/12/89.
Oh Babe, It Ain’t No Lie . . . This song by Elizabeth Cotton debuted only for the acoustic sets, excepting 3/23/84 when Jerry opens the second set with it, while Bob has equipment issues.
On The Road Again . . . This traditional song was last sung in 1966 by Jerry - Bob revives it on 9/26/80 and it is played fairly infrequently through 1984.
The Race Is On . . . This George Jones song was last played 10/19/74. It returns in the acoustic set on 9/27/80, and is played through Amsterdam. Next played in Sacramento on 5/3/86 and is performed just five more times after that.http://www.archive.org/details/gd1986-05-03.sbd.miller.81516.flac16
Ripple . . . Last played on 4/29/71 – returns for the first Warfield show on 9/25/80 and ends all 27 acoustic sets this year, and also the 1981 acoustic sets. But it was only to be played again once, as the encore 9/3/88 :http://www.archive.org/details/gd88-09-03.sbd.miller.27749.sbeok.flacf
To Lay Me Down . . . Last played 10/19/74 – returns to open the acoustic set on 9/26/80. It made rare appearances through 1992, played the most often in 1981 and 1988. Lakeland 11/28/80: http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-11-28.nak700.wagner.miller.90013.sbeok.flac16
Moving on from the acoustic revivals ……
Attics of My Life . . . Last played on 8/28/72 in Cleveland, it is revived after 17 years in Hampton on 10/9/89, and played on occasion through the last tour. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1989-10-09.sbd.miller.80840.sbeok.flac16
(This show also features Dark Star and Death Don’t Have No Mercy mentioned below.)
Baby What You Want Me To Do . . . Played once before on 9/7/69 at the Family Dog with other friends, this Jimmy Reed song is performed with Etta James, the Tower of Power horns, and Matt Kelly on harp at the NYE show in Oakland on 12/31/82.http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-12-31.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.105820.flac16
Played again three times in 1985. (see 11/8/85 She Belongs To Me link to hear Brent sing it)
Big Boss Man . . . This Dixon/Smith song was originally recorded by Jimmy Reed in 1960, and last sung by Pigpen on 5/25/72 in London. It is revived on 12/26/81 with Jerry singing and played very rarely - 15 times in all - through the last tour.http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-12-26.sbd.miller.83996.sbeok.flac16
( Eleven jam also played here)
Big Boy Pete . . . Last performance was on 9/20/70. It was played acoustically at the Rambler Room (Loyola College) 11/17/78 and revived once on 11/21/85 in Oakland :http://www.archive.org/details/gd1985-11-21.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.105992.flac16
Big Railroad Blues . . . Last played 10/19/74, revived on 2/17/79 during Keith and Donna’s last show. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-02-17.mtx.tobin.105619.flac16
First Brent performance12/7/79. In rotation through 1995, performed less frequently in the 90s.
Box of Rain . . . Last played at Watkins Glen on 7/28/73, it returns in Hampton on 3/20/86 to end the first set : http://www.archive.org/details/gd86-03-20.sbd-matrix.munder.8098.sbeok.shnf
Stayed in rotation right up through the last show.
Broke Down Palace . . . last played on 10/14/77 and revived on 12/26/79 :http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-12-26.sonyECM250.walker-scotton.miller.89187.sbeok.flac16
Played through the last tour, almost always as the encore.
Casey Jones . . . last played on 10/17/74 and revived on 10/2/77, it is played with increasing infrequency up to 8/3/82, returns for two 1984 performances, put away again until 6/20/92 and only performed three more time after that.
China Cat Sunflower . . . Last played on 10/20/74, it is revived once on 12/29/77, and not heard again until four performances from the Godchaux’s last tour (2/79). Played regularly thereafter.
Comes A Time . . . Performed in the years 1971, 1972, 1976 and 1977, it is played once each in 1978 and 1979, and then seven times in 1980. Here’s the first one with Brent : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-05-10.set2.sbd.miller.91938.sbeok.flac16
Broken out again for the twenty year anniversary shows at the Greek Theatre on 6/14/85. http://www.archive.org/details/gd85-06-14.sbd.carman.13747.sbeok.shnf
This show also features the first of four performances of Keep On Growing, a tune from the Derek and The Dominoes album Layla.
Played 11 times in 1985, 7 in 1986, and very rarely after that.
Crazy Fingers . . . Played twice in 1975, nine times in 1976. Made its glorious return in Ventura on 7/18/82, played seven times that year, once in 1983 and not heard again until Providence 4/4/85. It then stayed in the repertoire through the final tour in 1995.http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-07-18.fob.senn421-m160.wise.miller.102501.flac16
Cryptical . . . Played regularly from 1967 through 1971, Cryptical is last heard on 9/23/72 (only 1972 performance.) Makes its triumphant return at the Greek on 6/16/85 : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1985-06-16.sbd-pcm.miller.79021.sbeok.flac16
It is played twice on summer tour – Cincinnati 6/24 and Merriweather 6/30 - then in Ventura 7/13/85 and finally Kansas City 9/3/85. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1985-06-30.sbd.miller.89192.sbeok.flac16
( Keep On Growing also played here, not to mention a mind bending Shakedown )
Cumberland . . . Last played on 10/18/74, Cumberland makes its return in Long Beach 8/27/81 - the recording from the next one (8/30/81) is somewhat better : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-08-30.sbd.miller.105216.flac16
- and is performed up until the last show 7/9/95.
Dark Star . . . Played regularly from 1967 through 1974, it is revived on 12/31/78 at Winterland, and played twice in January 1979. Next played on 12/31/81 where it starts off the third set : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-12-31.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.96082.sbeok.flac16
Emerges again as the encore at the Greek on 7/13/84 : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1984-07-13.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.96153.sbeok.flac16
- and is put away again for over five years until the Warlocks show in Hampton 10/9/89.
It is thereafter performed occasionally through spring 1994.
Death Don’t Have No Mercy . . . This Rev. Gary Davis song was last played 12/21/70, it is brought back after almost 19 years for four shows; 9/29/89, 10/9/89, 10/19/89, and 4/2/90 : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1990-04-02.sbd.miller.13391.sbeok.shnf
Don’t Ease Me In . . . Traditional song last played on 8/6/74, it is performed again three times in Feb 1979 and regularly thereafter.
Dupree’s Diamond Blues . . . Put away after 7/11/69, Dupree’s is next performed at four shows in 1977 and then two in 1978.
Returns as the encore in Oregon 8/28/82 : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-08-28.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.106166.flac16
Performed regularly through 1985, it is performed with less frequency through 1994.
Frozen Logger . . . played briefly a few times by Bob during equipment issue breaks (lastly on 8/25/72) he tries it one time again on 9/7/85.
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl . . . A Sonny Boy Williamson song last played 9/19/70 and brought out on 8/22/87 with Carlos Santana sitting in.
Played only seven more times ( in the 90s.) http://www.archive.org/details/gd1987-08-22.sbd.miller.103628.flac16
Greatest Story Ever Told . . . Last played on 10/18/74 and revived on 2/17/79. Next heard again on 8/31/79 with Brent and played through the last tour.http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-08-31.sbd.miller.92924.sbeok.flac16
Hard To Handle . . . This Otis Redding song was last performed on 8/26/71, and it is played two times more as an encore with Etta James singing and the Tower of Power horns on 12/30/82 and 12/31/82 in Oakland. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1982-12-30.sbd.miller.77300.sbeok.flac16
The 12/31/82 show is linked above w/ Baby What You Want Me To Do.
Help On The Way / Slipknot / Franklin’s Tower . . . Performed from 1975 through 10/11/77 (although they continued to play Franklin’s by itself) - it is revived on 3/25/83 in Tempe. Played fairly often in 1983 and 1984, twice in 1985. Returns next at the Hampton Warlocks shows on 10/8/89 and stays in rotation until 1995.
Hey Jude . . . Played twice before on 2/11/69 and 3/31/69, this Beatles song is heard again (just the reprise ending) after Dear Mr. Fantasy at Red Rocks 9/7/85. It appears in the same format again 14 times in 1988, 9 in 1989, and 4 in 1990.
Hideaway . . . this Freddie King instrumental was played once on 11/7/71 and then only once again on 6/21/89 at Shoreline (with some technical difficulties) :http://www.archive.org/details/gd1989-06-21.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.83718.sbeok.flac16
High Time . . . After a performance on 9/25/70, High Time is revived on 6/9/76, played nine times that year and three times in 1977. Revived on 2/17/79 and next performed with Brent on 11/10/79:http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-11-10.sbd.willy.10457.shnf
Played somewhat infrequently through 1995.
I Just Want To Make Love To You . . . This Willie Dixon was played once on 11/29/66, twice in 1984 and then once more in 1995.http://www.archive.org/details/gd84-07-22.pcm-sbd.miller.30650.sbeok.flacf
It’s All Over Now Baby Blue . . . Dylan song, performed 22 times 1966-1974, it is revived in Seattle on 8/14/81 and stayed in rotation as an encore (some exceptions during 1987 Dylan tour) through 1995. http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-08-14.nak700.gardner.8213.sbeok.shnf
King Bee . . . Last sung by Pigpen on 12/15/71 and next sung by Bob two times; 12/8/93 and 3/31/94. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1993-12-08.sbd.miller.83399.flac16
La Bamba . . . This Ritchie Valens song made a brief appearance in Good Lovin’ on 11/11/70 and is played four times in 1987, also in a Good Lovin’ sandwich. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1987-09-18.sbd.bobh.10536.sbeok.shnf
Loose Lucy . . . last performed at Winterland on 10/19/74, it returns to the repertoire on 3/14/90 and is played through the last tour. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1990-03-14.mtx.tobin.89693.sbeok.flac16
Louie Louie . . . performed on 9/7/69 by Jerry with some of Jefferson Airplane, and then an instrumental tease on 6/7/70 (Bob: ‘hey man none of us knows that song’), this song was originally written and recorded by Richard Berry; the remake by The Kingsmen became quite popular. Sung by Brent five times in 1988, once more in 1989. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1988-04-05.sbd.miller.91234.sbeok.flac16
Midnight Hour . . . First played in 1966, last played 4/29/71 and put away until 12/31/82 when it is one of the encores played with Rick Danko and Maria Muldar : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-12-31.sbd.walker-scotton.miller.96185.sbeok.flac16
Played infrequently, more often in 1985 and 1986, until 1994. ( Played with Santana on 8/22/87 – above Schoolgirl link)
New Orleans . . . played three times in 1970, it is revived once on 6/14/84 (with The Band):
She Belongs To Me . . . This Dylan song was played once on 1/7/66 and next in Providence on 4/4/85. Played a total of nine times in 1985 only.
Here’s one from Rochester 11/8/85 : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1985-11-08.sbd.clugston.tetzeli.patch-5301.35361.sbeok.shnf
St. Stephen . . . Played 1968 through 10/31/71, the mighty St. Stephen is reborn, at a slower tempo, on 6/9/76 and was played throughout 1976 and 1977, four times in 1978 and then in Nassau on 1/10/79. It reappears at MSG on 10/11/83 (link above w/ Bird Song) and is only performed two more times – 10/15/83 and 10/31/83. Here is the Hartford rendition : http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-10-15.mtx.seamons.99326.sbeok.flac16
Smokestack Lightning . . . A song by Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Burnett), last sung by Pigpen on 3/23/72 and isn’t heard again until the jam out of Truckin’ on 4/9/83. It returns with Bob singing (and no harmonica) on 10/9/84 and is played occasionally until 1994.
The Same Thing . . . A Willie Dixon tune sung four times by Pigpen in 1966 and 1967, it is performed one last time on 12/31/71 : http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-12-31.fm.lanum.135.sbeok.shnf
and revived by Bob on 12/28/91. Played hence through the last tour. http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-12-28.sbd.miller.21615.sbeok.shnf
The Wheel . . . played regularly from 6/3/76 until 10/30/77, it is performed once in 1978 and once in 1979. Returns to regular rotation on 8/17/80.
Turn On Your Lovelight . . . This Malone/Scott composition was first recorded by Bobby Bland in 1961. Last played in London on 5/24/72, Bob brings it back for one 1981 appearance in Amsterdam on 10/16/81:http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-10-16.mtx.chappell.sb27.95431.flac16
Next performed twice in 1982, it is brought back again on 7/7/84 and stays in steady rotation thereafter.
Walking Blues . . . Played once on 10/7/66, this Robert Johnson song’s next performance is on 5/28/82, to be followed by four in 1985. In 1987 it enters regular rotation through 1995.
Walking the Dog . . . Written and released by Rufus Thomas in 1963, the Dead played it twice in 1970. It returns for a rare appearance on 3/29/84, then three 1985 performances. It is next (and last) heard on the Letterman show 9/17/87.
We Bid You Goodnight . . . Last heard at Winterland on 12/31/78, it is sung again at Alpine Valley on 7/17/89: http://www.archive.org/details/gd1989-07-17.senn441.coniff.gmb.92457.flac16
It makes six 1989 appearances, four in 1990, and a final performance in Boston on 9/26/91.
Werewolves of London . . . Played 9 times in 1978, this Warren Zevon song was brought out for Halloween in 1985, 1990 and 1991. http://www.archive.org/details/gd1985-10-31.sbd.miller.23590.sbeok.shnf
This post was modified by vapors on 2010-07-11 19:37:14
light into ashes
Mar 18, 2010 7:57pm
Re: Revivals of the 1980's
I have some additions for you:
Brokedown Palace - last played 10-14-77; revived 12-26-79.
Hey Jude - last played 3-1-69; revived 9-7-85.
I Just Want To Make Love To You - last played 11-29-66; played twice in '84 and once in '95.
King Bee - last played 12-15-71; played twice in the '90s.
Morning Dew - a questionable entry perhaps. Fairly common in early '77 until 6-7-77; then played once in '78 (4-15-78) and once in '79 (11-8-79), and four times in 1980; started becoming more common in August '81.
(Cold Rain & Snow is another one that was quite rare in the late-Keith days - only played twice in '77, three times in '78, once in Jan '79.)
One-time only performances:
Big Boy Pete - last electric performance 9-20-70; was played acoustically 11-17-78; revived once 11-21-85.
New Orleans - last played 11-8-70; revived once 6-21-84 (with the Band).
Frozen Logger - last "played" 8-25-72; revived once 9-7-85.
Hideaway - last played 11-7-71; played once 6-21-89.
Then there's a very large category of songs that were dropped for whatever reason, that were revived in Keith's last month, Feb '79. Though not strictly "Brent-era" revivals, they should also be mentioned:
Big Railroad Blues - last played 10-19-74; revived 2-17-79; first Brent performance 12-7-79.
Greatest Story Ever Told - last played 10-18-74; revived 2-17-79.
High Time - last played 5-26-77; revived 2-17-79; not played with Brent til Nov '79.
The Wheel - was a regular in '77 until 10-30-77; played once in '78 (2-3-78); revived 2-17-79; then vanished again & revived again 8-17-80.
Don't Ease Me In - last played 8-6-74; revived in Feb '79 and played 3 times that month, & regularly thereafter.
China Cat Sunflower - after 10-20-74, was played once in '77 (12-29-77), not at all in '78; revived four times in Feb '79 (starting 2-3-79) & played regularly thereafter.
(It's notable how many Garcia songs were played only once, or not at all, in 1978, even when they'd been regulars in '77 - China Doll, Comes a Time, High Time, Morning Dew, Wheel, Brokedown... Not a good year for Garcia ballads.)